Clinical supervision is essential for clinicians, counsellors, and psychotherapists to provide competent and effective treatments to their clients.
At Insightful Counselling, our registered supervisor with Singapore Association for Counselling provides individual and group supervision. She has completed her Diploma in Clinical Supervision from Swinburne University, Australia. Reena strongly believes in clinical supervision for personal growth and client safety. She continues to receive weekly supervision from her supervisors.
Clinical supervision is a contract between the supervisor and the therapists (also called supervisees). Usually, the supervisee will have a goal for supervision in every session. The objective of supervision is to receive feedback if needed, guidance to help the supervisee gain confidence, compassion and creatively help their clients achieve their goals.
As per Singapore Association for Counselling and most international Associations for Counselling and Psychotherapy, supervision is a compulsory part for the therapists to ensure ethical services to their clients. To be a Registered Counsellor, a therapist needs to clock 60 hours of clinical supervision. The sixty hours can be split between individual and group supervision hours.
Counsellors and psychotherapists, especially trainees and new therapists, can find themselves ‘stuck’ in their work and maybe lost to move further in therapy with their clients. Supervision helps a supervisee understand the reasons behind ‘stuckness’.
One of the critical characteristics of a competent and emotionally stable clinician is self-awareness. Reena believes that every clinician needs to be aware of their own beliefs, biases and personal limitations. Self-awareness fosters competence and protects clients’ interests.
Her individual and group supervision focuses on facilitating greater self-awareness to ensure clinicians can recognise their countertransferences and maintain professional boundaries.
She has a culturally sensitive approach to supervision. Cultural sensitivity can build a therapeutic relationship with clients and provide effective treatment. Reena uses integrative modalities for supervision with an inclination towards her favourite modality -Relational Transactional Analysis.
At Insightful, we also encourage students studying for their Masters in Counselling. We do provide internships and supervision. In the Covid-19 scenario, most of the internships provided are via an online platform – mainly zoom. Our clients range from different countries like Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, and Indonesia.
If you are interested, please do send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.